Hurricane Juan was a large and erratic tropical cyclone that looped
twice near the Louisiana coast, causing widespread flooding. It was the
tenth named storm of the 1985 Atlantic hurricane season, forming in the
central Gulf of Mexico in late October. Juan made landfall near Morgan
City. Weakening to tropical storm status over land, it turned back to
the southeast over open waters, crossing the Mississippi River Delta.
Turning to the northeast, it made its final landfall just west of
Pensacola, Florida. Juan was the last of three hurricanes to move over
Louisiana during the season, after Danny in August and Elena in early
September. Twelve people died in the storm, including nine in maritime
accidents off Louisiana. Rainfall and a high storm surge flooded
50,000 houses and many communities in southern Louisiana, causing
extensive agriculture losses. Juan directly inflicted about
$1.5 billion in damage, making it among the costliest United States
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Today's selected anniversaries:
An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 8.2 Ms devastated
Concepción, Chile, and the resulting tsunami destroyed the neighboring
city of Talcahuano.
New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, today the largest
art museum in the United States with a collection of over two million
works of art, opened.
The Canadian government under Prime Minister John Diefenbaker
cancelled the Avro CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft program amid much
The Tamil Tigers attempted to crash two aircraft packed with
C-4 in suicide attacks on Colombo, Sri Lanka, but the planes were shot
down before they reached their targets.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(formal, now often humorous) Very greedy or hungry; ravenous;
(figuratively) avid, eager.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Remember, stay ahead of them. Keep the mystery, always mystery.
Excess within control.
--Somewhere in Time